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Texans lock QBs Case Keenum, Stephen McGee

1/24/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

There are wide array of opinions regarding c among Houston Texans fans but they all seem to converge at one point. After nearly 10 years in the NFL there is not much (if any) margin of growth left for the Houston Texans starting quarterback Matt Schaub, who struggles to be a key difference-maker for the team despite being surrounded by five Pro Bowlers on the offense. Even after leading the Houston Texans to a 13-5 season and leading the team into the AFC Division playoffs where they lost 41-28 to the New England Patriots, Matt Schaub’s consistency as well as ability to throw long-passes downfield and extend plays is still widely doubted. Moreover, Matt Schaub has always seemed prone to injuries. So, in hopes of strengthening their depth behind Matt Schaub, the Houston Texans signed a pair of quarterbacks – Stephen McGee and Case Keenum – to future/reserve contracts on Thursday.
 
The former UH quarterback Case Keenum signed as an undrafted agent with the Houston Texans. The 6-foot Case Keenum completed 8-of-16 passes during three preseason games before spending the rest of the season on the Houston Texans’ practice squad.
 
 Meanwhile, Stephen McGee did not play throughout last season after he was cut at the end of the 2012 training camp by the Dallas Cowboys to make roster space for a tight end position. Moreover, the 6-foot-3 Stephen McGee became expendable after the Dallas Cowboys signed veteran Kyle Orton during the 2012 free agency.
 
Stephen McGee was a fourth round pick by the Houston Texans in the 2009 drafts and served as a third-string quarterback behind starter Tony Romo in Dallas for three seasons. However, Stephen McGee only earned one career start, while playing three games and completing 46-of-82 passes for 420 yards as well as three touchdowns. After he was released by the Dallas Cowboys, Stephen McGee workout for several team, including the Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins; but he never got a call back.
 
The move doesn’t seem to be a threat to Matt Schaub and Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback T.J. Yates’ jobs, but it could raise competition for the third-string quarterback position between Stephen McGee and Case Keenum.
 
The Dallas Cowboys also signed last season’s practice squad members: defensive end Keith Browner, receiver Jeff Maehl, linebacker Delano Johnson and offensive tackle Nick Mondek to future contracts. Jeff Mahel played three games after signing as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans last season. Nick Mondeck was a sixth-round pick by the Houston Texans in last year’s drafts.
 
Linebacker Mike Mohammed and tight end Jake Byrne were also signed to future contracts by the Houston Texans on Thursday.
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